With NFL free agents getting new deals all over the league, the highest-priority needs for some teams have become satisfied. For the other teams that finished as the runner-ups on the best free agents, they still have holes remaining and need to explore Plan B, Plan C or in some cases Plan D.
Some of those plans involve exploring the trade front. Who would have projected when free agency started that Tim Tebow would be traded to the Jets or that Denver would give Tebow the option of picking between Jacksonville or New York City, as Peter King of Sports Illustrated breaks down in this story.
Who would have predicted at the start of free agency that Philadelphia would solve some of their linebacker woes by acquiring DeMeco Ryans from Houston in a trade? Other trades involved quarterback Drew Stanton and offensive tackle Winston Justice.
It is safe to say that those deals are specific examples of how some trades can really catch you by surprise and how unpredictable the NFL can be. The other factor that bears mention is how the various free-agent deals will impact the needs of NFL teams that were considering the merits of trading up or down in the NFL draft.
So with those thoughts in mind, we are going to explore the rumors, speculation and buzz going on around the league to see what kind of potential trade ideas are starting to take hold, or which trade ideas are already starting to fade away.